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Does your hair need a protein treatment?

I have been fighting a year long battle of getting my hair healthy again.

I had a ballyage hair color treatment with a hairstylist who was not my usual trusted stylist and friend, and it totally dried and fried my hair. I thought about cutting it off, but my nine-year-old daughter and I were (and are) obsessed with learning braids and updos. So chopping it off was not an option.

I conditioned.

I deep conditioned.

I laid off flat irons and hairdryers.

I used natural products.

Then I read a post about hair types just like mine -frizzy, dry and breaks easily – and it said I need a protein treatment. Raw egg, avocado and coconut oil were all options. Even mayo.

I tried egg. Then tried rinsing the egg with extremely warm, almost hot, water. It made scrambled eggs! My daughter was cracking up watching me pick bits of egg out of my hair the next several hours. So if you try the raw egg route be sure to use cooler water to rinse!

I tried mayo. After much shampooing and rinsing following the treatment, it still seemed greasy to me.

Then, this afternoon, I tried coconut oil. I mixed two tbsp of coconut oil with two of raw honey (for added shine) and wrapped my hair up. I left it on for an hour. Then I shampooed and conditioned as usual, rinsing very well. I blow dried straight and I am so excited to see my hair actually shine for the first time in months and months…with the exception of my two hair appointments to my trusted hairdresser. I can never seem to get her results, but with this treatment I can!

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Rockets of Awesome!

Rockets of Awesome is like Stitch Fix for kids, only better.

It’s once a season, vs every month, and there is a “sneak peak” option which my girls love.

With the sneak peak, you are able to see what items you’ll be getting before the box ships and swap out items you don’t like ahead of time. It’s so fun!

Sometimes we keep everything and sometimes (like this last box) I’ll tell the girls they can each choose three.

They really enjoy it and look forward to it. It’s brought nothing but joy and the pieces we get aren’t like anything else I’ve seen and we all love that.

Here are the items the girls chose this time. The first top we kept for both girls. I love that they still like to match.

This post contains affiliate links for ROA. You will get $20 off your first ROA box if you use my link and I will get $20 credit as well for my children as well. You in turn have the opportunity to go forward and do the same.

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Silke’s Ole World Breads

Silke’s Old World Breads has become a weekly stop for me. It is a German deli and bakery. I have a family of bread lovers and butter lovers and we just want these breads around!

As I am typing this I am overhearing my nine-year-old telling her dad, “Mommy got Tuscan bread! That will be perfect with mussels!” I love it.

We are a foodie family and my husband is a classically trained chef, but we leave bread to the experts. Enter Silke’s.

I’ve started making it a point to try a different bread each week. We’ve tried sourdough, Italian and Tuscan (which I understand are similar), many baguettes and more.

I like that they make “baby breads,” mini versions of their larger breads that you can try first before getting a larger one.

My youngest loves being greeted with a “lady finger” cookie when she enters and cracks up at the name.

If you’ve never been, there are two entrances – one for the deli where you can buy meats, breads and treats, and the other is the restaurant which is one of the most kid friendly places to dine in town, with a play area for littles and clean baby changing area. They have pizzas, sandwiches and soups as well as German dishes and vegetarian/vegan options.

Two thumbs way up for Silke’s.

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Ditch and Switch: Bubble Bath

Bubble bath! I’m a girlie girl and love a bubble bath. My girls love bubbles. But after learning how harmful Mr. Bubble and many of the most popular bubble baths are for skin, and not finding any good replacement, I became a t-totaler and cut bubbles out completely for a couple of years!

Why would I deprive myself and my children of one of life’s pleasures?

The number one reason is that the skin is our largest organ and anything applied to the skin is quickly absorbed by it. We really should be as concerned about what we apply to our skin as what we consume or what we breathe in!

The second concern for me is most of these popular bath products, including Bath and Body Works (which I at one time adored) contain FRAGRANCE. Synthetic scents or “fragrance” represent an unidentified mixture of ingredients including carcinogens, allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic chemicals and environmental toxicants. Check out Dr. Axe’s complete explanation of why you should beware of synthetic fragrance here.

Phenoxyethanol (found in Mr. Bubble) can cause skin and lung irritation, is toxic to the kidneys, nervous system and liver, and long-term exposure can cause organ damage. Yet this product is marketed to children. Pass.

In the past few months I have found myself daydreaming about bubble baths and longing for the days when I didn’t know so much about the harmful chemicals in our skincare products. Then one day, recently, on Pinterest I stumbled upon this most wonderful product: Honest Company Bubble Bath!

Honest Company makes a CLEAN bubble bath to be proud of. Safe to use on my precious girls and free from harmful chemicals. And the quantity of bubbles is very satisfying!

If you don’t already have the Think Dirty app, it is one worth having. It rates topical products on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most harmful. Please check out the Think Dirty images below on the products mentioned in this post. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and these are very telling.

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Oils for Emotional Support, Part II

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Gary explained, “The heart has intelligence and plays a major role in reality…Thought process and emotion of the heart can allow you to accomplish anything. “

As promised, here is the second half of my notes from the 2016 Young Living convention session with Gary Young on oils for emotional support. Enjoy!

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Does the eagle complain about the crows pestering him? Does he pay them any attention? No! The eagle climbs to a higher altitude than the crows fly. CHANGE YOUR ALTITUDE BY CHANGING YOUR ATTITUDE.

We must want to let go of those things that no longer serve us in a positive and progressive way.

The wiring of the brain. Both types of neurons are affected by sense of smell.

Raindrop. Motor neurons take signals from the brain and spinal cord and transmit them to the muscles or glands. (Why raindrop works.)

Spiritual energy. Many of your emotions are a result of your spiritual connection. When you are having mind games, there is spiritual disharmony. Can come from environment at the moment or people around you at the moment. FRANKINCENSE.

Is my spiritual life as full as it should be? There is a big difference between religion and spirituality. All things have their place. The more that you can grow into your spiritual reality and your relationship with God the more successful you will be. To the point where if you need something all you need to do is ask. Knock and the door shall be opened up to you. Seek and ye shall find. (Gary said he uses 300 drops of frank a day!)

You can empower thought by adding a substance to it.

Essential oils are made up of amino acids, nitrogen, and sugar and have an electrical charge, the four things necessary to interrupt and change DNA. So we have the power to change behavior patterns.

Heart is the strongest electromagnetic generator in the body. When paired with thought it will give you passion.

The heart has intelligence and plays a major role in reality. The heart functions like another brain. They are always communicating.

Use CLARITY and AROMALIFE (thought/heart = passion)

Thought process and emotion of the heart can allow you to accomplish anything. Using the two in balance can bring great clarity to a person.

Anger, anxiety, and other negative emotions can significantly increase heart disease. Mental emotions will also manifest themselves physically.

Healthy diet and meditation techniques are key to a healthy heart.

When we learn to think with our hearts, it becomes easier to understand others and live in HARMONY with them.

The heart holds the key to uniting humanity and achieving world peace. JOY over your heart.

Am I a product of my parents and their DNA? Am I in charge of my own destiny? Are there things I would like to change

Stay FORWARD FOCUSED at all times.

Why do I believe what I believe? Because someone else told me or gave me that belief? No. Develop your own belief system.

I can change if I want and in turn change my destiny. We have to decide to do it ourselves. ENVISION. When you want change or you’d like to see your outcome be different.

Thinking is hard, that’s why few people do it.

Impossibility thinkers do not achieve greatness.

HIGHEST POTENTIAL

Most people want what was rather than what can be. People are afraid to make choices because they are afraid someone will criticize. You can’t listen to other people because they will keep you from your dream. Stay forward focused.

What do you want in your life?

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GALBANUM. Gather your thoughts and apply to temples and forehead.

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Gary was a genius, and so very wise. I typed his words verbatim and chose to present them unaltered here (why alter greatness?) If you never checked out part I you can find it here.

If you are interested in grabbing any of the amazing oils mentioned in this emotional support series, you can find them here.

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Oils for Emotional Support

Oils for Emotional Support (per Gary Young, Young Living Essential Oils founder) ❤️

Are you ready? This is straight from the notes I took from our live session with Gary Young during convention in 2016.

YOU might want a pen and paper to jot down specific oils that pertain to you for your own needs. I can tell you my wish list definitely grew after this session! HERE WE GO! (Oils are in ALL CAPS)

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Emotions are the most powerful tool you have in your arsenal. Powerful in creativity and construction and equally powerful in destruction. You can use them to drive you into greatness or into the grave. But the will drive you one way of the other. If you do nothing you will stagnate, which is the same as death.

What can help you navigate your senses in a constructive way? COMMON SENSE. Where else can you buy it? Use it.

Every substance that God created has a frequency. Every man-made thing does too. God-made frequency (oils) leads to construction and man-made (not oils) leads to destruction.

There are many ways to travel through life be sure to choose one.

When you are presented with something, never say “no I don’t want to do that.” When you say that you build up a wall of negative energy that says “I don’t want to do that.” Self sabotage. You’re letting someone decide what you will or wont do. You end up spending more energy building walls than accepting life.

We’re not all cut out to do the same things. But don’t short-change yourself from experiencing life. Instead maybe say “let me think about it.” Don’t shut the door or build walls. Never close life out. Say words that leave the door open. Don’t put a wall around you that may block what you need.

Life is based on structure, belief and behavior patterns. How are you creating the pattern of success if you’re saying “I don’t want to,” “I can’t,” or “I’ll try?”

You either did it or you didn’t do it. There is no try. Two words to eliminate: CAN’T and TRY. You will never reach success using those two words.

We have the power to change, to adapt to any situation. No other living creature can do this. We can change our behavior pattern. How?

CLARITY. If you have a behavior pattern you don’t like, use while your sleeping, diffuse it. You’ll start noticing a shift.

FORGIVENESS. The behavior pattern could have been instilled in you from a parent or grandparent. You may feel like you are betraying them by doing things differently. No one was meant to be a cookie cutter. You are very special to God.

Our behavior patterns are those of our parents and ancestors and are encoded in my DNA. The function of DNA is to store genetic info.

ABUNDANCE. Put it on your checks and in your PO Box/ Mailbox. Put abundance on your checks when you pay your bills. Where as perfume. This is to attract prosperity and also to attract others to you.

We can change how we see ourselves. We can change our beliefs which will change our attitudes which will change our behaviors.

Don’t be a victim of yourself instead of a successor.

You always want your children and your grandchildren to be better than you.

Rear sight (present emotion) and your front sight (distant emotion). Use your past emotion to lead you to your future destiny. It’s as simple as CHOICE.

Every blend is created specifically for a need. Absolutely no oil blends were created for profit.

COMFORTONE. For bowels support. “smooth move”

Everything that goes on in your life is determined by emotion. It’s always there before the physical manifest. Runny nose, sore backside all began with an emotion.

Talk to God about your day what you feel good about or not, do a self- evaluation. Be more gentle, attentive, caring. Your greatest power is in self-evaluation and it only has power if you’re honest with yourself.

Take responsibility for your choices.

You can be whatever you want to be. You have to first choose it.

MOTIVATION. Put drop on pillow before you go to bed or use in bath. Keep on nightstand. Snort it. Will help you get out of bed.

En-R-Gee. Up the spine.

Put Motivation and En-R-Gee on at the same time. En-R –Gee up the spine and Motivation on your feet.

Pay attention to how you talk. There’s always pressure from some place in the world and you feel burdened. Here is the key to getting out of that space. The new behavior is using essential oils, becoming greater than you were.

PRESENT TIME should be on your person at all times. Helps keep you feeling burdens of life. You are secure with who you are and in control. This is when God resides with you – present time. When God resides with you, you are the most powerful force on the face of the earth and nothing can stop you.

When the sun sets at the end of the day, are you satisfied with what you accomplished? If you’re satisfied you will keep trying so always keep your expectations a little higher than where you are.

HARMONY. When you wrestle with yourself in your self-talk. When you’re playing mind games it comes from insecurity.

Gary was first to bring EOs to America.

Use when playing mind games. >HARMONY, CLARITY and BRAIN POWER plus VALOR.

Writing is the most powerful tool that you have to release. Write down things you like, don’t like. What you want and don’t want. Write constantly.

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This is just the first half of my notes from Gary’s 2016 session! Stay tuned for the second half in an upcoming post.

If you are interested in grabbing any of these amazing oils, you can find them here.

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Replenishing Gut Flora after Antibiotics

No Starbucks for this girl for awhile. Allow me to explain.

My daughter just finished up her 10 day prescription of antibiotic for strep. I try to avoid giving antibiotics if I can help it, but we don’t play when it comes to strep.

We had a good long run of over three years with no sick doctor visits and no meds! Praise for that!

I wanted to include this table to help pinpoint when oils or natural methods are fine to be substituted vs situations like strep where you really do have to just suck it up and take your meds.

Did you know that when you give your child antibiotics it not only kills bad bacteria but also the good bacteria? This is worth considering since 70% of the immune system is located in the gut.

It’s really important that while/after giving the antibiotic, to make sure you are taking steps to replenish the gut flora or good bacteria.

One of the most common ways to do this in adults is to eat fermented foods, but my children don’t love many fermented foods.

There are several other options that can boost them back to 100%. Not replenishing the gut flora can result in a significantly weakened immune system and make your child susceptible to getting sickness after sickness.

Here are several great ways to replenish your child’s gut flora and get their immune systems back into full throttle:

1) Give them a probiotic. Ideally within 2 hours on either side of taking the antibiotic, then several days following. I love Life 9, which has 9 strains of bacteria and 17 billion active live cultures and it is time-released. For sure needs to be kept refrigerated. My kiddos won’t take a capsule so I break one open and sprinkle into their applesauce.

2) Cut sugar and starch intake to prevent overgrowth of yeast. My sweet girl loves a Starbucks Frappuccino as you can see in the picture above, but we are “just saying ‘no’” until she is back in top form.

3) Increase veg intake. You want to repopulate the gut with good bacteria and these love veggies.

4) Bone broth. This is an excellent way, and it’s best when homemade vs buying ready made. My husband is a classically trained chef so we regularly use the remainder of our chickens to make bone broth. We actually both just had a mug.

5) Semi-raw bananas. You know, when they are still a little greenish? They are considered a resistant starch.

6) Fermented foods. My daughter likes sauerkraut so we are having reubens for dinner this week. She also will eat Greek yogurt and probiotic yogurt as well as pickles.

These are the measures we are taking. I hope you find this helpful. Maybe you didn’t even realize this was something you could or should do after a round of antibiotics. And can I just say, me neither until a few years ago. Sometimes you just don’t know. Since we do, we are determined to restore our healthy household and I know getting our gut back in top-notch shape is just the ticket.

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Essential Oils Companies that let you visit their farms…

I thought this was very interesting! #repost

Sarah Goff called 15 essential oil companies and asked if she could tour their farms to see how the essential oils are made. I have toured Young Living’s farms several times. You can check them out too.

Here is a list of the company, phone number, and answer to what Sarah learned.

1. NOW essential oils: 888-669-3663, they do not grow their own plants. This either means that their “oils” are made in a lab or they buy plants from random farms.

2. Piping Rock Essential Oils: 1-800-544-1925, the representative told me no. She did not give me any explanation.

3. Aura Cacia essential oils: 1-844-550-7200, the rep said that they do not grow their own essential oils. She would not give me the names or numbers of the farms where they buy the plants.

4. AnimalEO: 320-286-3277, the mailbox was full. 😂

5. Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils: 800-879-3337. The rep said I cannot see the farms because their plants are sourced. She would not give me the name or numbers of the farms so I could ask them.

6. Edens Garden essential oils: 949-388-1999, the website said to not take the oils internally (Young Living Vitality oils are FDA regulated to take internally). The rep said that she had never received a question like that before and asked to place me on hold. She returned to tell me that they do not own any of their own farms and that I cannot calls those farms.

7. OnePure essential oils: only available by email. They did not respond to my message.

8. Healing Solutions essential oils: 1-800-819-4098, the rep had to place me on hold. He returned to say that I cannot see the farms. He said that the company is not equipped for face-to-face consultations.

9. Gurunanda essential oils: 866-421-0309, the rep told me that they source their oils and that I cannot see the farms.

10. Plant Therapy essential oils: 800-917-6577, the rep told me that they do not own their own farms and I would not be able to take a tour to see the plants or oils be made.

11. Rocky Mountain essential oils: 1-866-493-8159, the rep said that they do not own their own farms. I quoted, “We do not have any direct correlation with the farms, so it would be impossible for us to set anything up.”

12. doTERRA essential oils: 1-800-411-8151, the rep had to place me on hold. He said that I can only come on tours that are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30. I told him that did not work with my schedule, and he was not sure how to respond.

(Edited to add: DoTerra does not allow tours of their farms. I got clarification that the times listed about are for tours of their headquarters, not farms. According to DoTerra’s website, they do not own any farms.)

13. Jade Bloom essential oils: 1-844-787-3645, after listening to a long message, they do not take phone calls. I emailed and asked to see the farms. They have not returned my email.

14. Melaleuca essential oils: 208-522-0700, Mindy Buda actually made this phone call 🖤 she said that the rep told her that there are no farms for Mindy to tour. The rep then said she doesn’t know where the farms are and cannot give any other information.

15. Young Living Essential Oils: 1-800-371-3515, I called and pretended to be someone who is interested in the oils but not yet a member. I was directed to the Visitor’s Center (1-800-371-0819). I was told that I do not need a tour guide or anyone with me while I tour the farms. The farms are open M-F 8am-6pm, Saturday 9-5, and closed on Sunday. She said I can also tour the distilleries where the plants are made into oils.

I feel like these results speak for themselves. I was very emotional after making all of these phone calls and getting answers.

Why do some companies not know where their farms are?

Why wouldn’t they give me a phone number?

Why do some companies not have anything to do with how their plants are grown?

Why was I given an answer of “no?”

Why can’t I ingest something that I made from plants?

Why do some oil companies make their oils in labs and not from plants?

Why can I only visit a farm WITH a tour guide? Why can’t I go by myself?

Why did every company claims to “set the standard” and have the “highest quality oils available,” but they had no part in farming the plants?

Why don’t the employees know where or how the product is made?

How can you sell something to someone knowing they are going to put it on themselves/their kids and not know anything about it? ”

Feel free to call these numbers and see what they say.

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The photos included in this blog post were taken on my visit to one of the many Young Living owned farms. – Angie

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Essential Oils Companies that let you visit their farms…

I thought this was very interesting! #repost

Sarah Goff called 15 essential oil companies and asked if she could tour their farms to see how the essential oils are made. I have toured Young Living’s farms several times. You can check them out too.

Here is a list of the company, phone number, and answer to what Sarah learned.

1. NOW essential oils: 888-669-3663, they do not grow their own plants. This either means that their “oils” are made in a lab or they buy plants from random farms.

2. Piping Rock Essential Oils: 1-800-544-1925, the representative told me no. She did not give me any explanation.

3. Aura Cacia essential oils: 1-844-550-7200, the rep said that they do not grow their own essential oils. She would not give me the names or numbers of the farms where they buy the plants.

4. AnimalEO: 320-286-3277, the mailbox was full. 😂

5. Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils: 800-879-3337. The rep said I cannot see the farms because their plants are sourced. She would not give me the name or numbers of the farms so I could ask them.

6. Edens Garden essential oils: 949-388-1999, the website said to not take the oils internally (Young Living Vitality oils are FDA regulated to take internally). The rep said that she had never received a question like that before and asked to place me on hold. She returned to tell me that they do not own any of their own farms and that I cannot calls those farms.

7. OnePure essential oils: only available by email. They did not respond to my message.

8. Healing Solutions essential oils: 1-800-819-4098, the rep had to place me on hold. He returned to say that I cannot see the farms. He said that the company is not equipped for face-to-face consultations.

9. Gurunanda essential oils: 866-421-0309, the rep told me that they source their oils and that I cannot see the farms.

10. Plant Therapy essential oils: 800-917-6577, the rep told me that they do not own their own farms and I would not be able to take a tour to see the plants or oils be made.

11. Rocky Mountain essential oils: 1-866-493-8159, the rep said that they do not own their own farms. I quoted, “We do not have any direct correlation with the farms, so it would be impossible for us to set anything up.”

12. doTERRA essential oils: 1-800-411-8151, the rep had to place me on hold. He said that I can only come on tours that are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30. I told him that did not work with my schedule, and he was not sure how to respond.

(Edited to add: DoTerra does not allow tours of their farms. I got clarification that the times listed about are for tours of their headquarters, not farms. According to DoTerra’s website, they do not own any farms.)

13. Jade Bloom essential oils: 1-844-787-3645, after listening to a long message, they do not take phone calls. I emailed and asked to see the farms. They have not returned my email.

14. Melaleuca essential oils: 208-522-0700, Mindy Buda actually made this phone call 🖤 she said that the rep told her that there are no farms for Mindy to tour. The rep then said she doesn’t know where the farms are and cannot give any other information.

15. Young Living Essential Oils: 1-800-371-3515, I called and pretended to be someone who is interested in the oils but not yet a member. I was directed to the Visitor’s Center (1-800-371-0819). I was told that I do not need a tour guide or anyone with me while I tour the farms. The farms are open M-F 8am-6pm, Saturday 9-5, and closed on Sunday. She said I can also tour the distilleries where the plants are made into oils.

I feel like these results speak for themselves. I was very emotional after making all of these phone calls and getting answers.

Why do some companies not know where their farms are?

Why wouldn’t they give me a phone number?

Why do some companies not have anything to do with how their plants are grown?

Why was I given an answer of “no?”

Why can’t I ingest something that I made from plants?

Why do some oil companies make their oils in labs and not from plants?

Why can I only visit a farm WITH a tour guide? Why can’t I go by myself?

Why did every company claims to “set the standard” and have the “highest quality oils available,” but they had no part in farming the plants?

Why don’t the employees know where or how the product is made?

How can you sell something to someone knowing they are going to put it on themselves/their kids and not know anything about it? ”

Feel free to call these numbers and see what they say.

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The photos included in this blog post were taken on my visit to one of the many Young Living owned farms. All research described above was done by Sarah Goff, shared with permission.

You can get started with Young Living Essential oils here.

– Angie

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Thieves! It’s that time.

Thieves! How are you using Thieves?

There is so much sickness going around!!!

Tonight, I prepped both girls diffusers with Thieves and Purification. Thieves will help boost their immune system while purification cleans the air.

Other uses of Thieves?

I make an immune boosting foot rub for the girls and roller for grown ups.

I use in our foaming hand soap.

I dip a cotton swab in Thieves and use as a spot treatment as part of my nightly skincare regimen.

I love a tablespoon of raw local honey, drop of Thieves and drop of Lemon for soothing the throat. These are also lovely in hot water as a Thieves tea.

I love in a capsule with frank, oregano and thyme for extreme ultra mega immune boosting.

Tell me how you use Thieves!

Haven’t had the experience of trying Thieves? Dive in here.